How-to: cure cramping muscles
Muscle cramps can strike unexpectedly and when they do, they can be extremely debilitating. But what you may not realize, is your reoccurring muscle cramp can be easily prevented by making a few simple changes to your diet. Here’s how to treat muscle cramp and keep it from occurring in future…
Feet and leg cramps are the most common forms of muscle cramps and occur suddenly, when the muscle tightens and shortens, causing extreme sharp pain. To treat leg cramps, try vigorously shaking the affected area. You can also try simple stretching exercises such as standing with your toes on a step and dropping your heels down until you feel a strong stretch along the backs of your legs. Other forms of treatment include applying heat to soften the muscle by showering or bathing and light exercise such as walking.
To keep muscle cramps away, you need to reassess your diet. A diet that is low in sodium, magnesium, calcium or potassium can bring on leg cramps, so ensure you are getting enough of these nutrients in your diet. These vitamins occur naturally in dairy products, salt, bananas and green vegetables, but if you struggle to eat enough of these foods during the day, you can also try natural supplements, which can be found in most supermarkets and chemists. You can also prevent muscles from cramping due to dehydration by increasing your daily water intake. Aim to consume 6-8 glasses every day for optimum muscle health.
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It’s not always possible to pinpoint the cause of muscle cramps, as there are often a variety of contributing factors involved, but excessive sweating brought on through vigorous exercise, pregnancy, age, medication and dehydration can all play a role.